Taking a break from today’s casual reading – A Will Rogers Treasury (1983) – to pass on a few semi-random thoughts for the day with more than a little assistance from Mr. Rogers. The first comes from 1927 when Rogers had arranged and performed in benefits for victims of severe Spring flooding of the lower Mississippi Valley.
Because of his firsthand knowledge of the disaster, Will Rogers is called before a congressional investigation committee to help them formulate plans and legislation. Will testifies to the annual plight of the white and black tenant farmers, but he comes away from the hearings writing: “You hear a good deal about what Congress is going to do for the Mississippi Valley. I don’t want to discourage the valley, but I would advise them to put more confidence in a boat builder. I have got more faith in high ground than any senator I ever saw.” – Page 109-110
A week ago today, the U.S. Senate – in all its glorious and deliberative <spit> wisdom – passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. Fifty Democrats and the Vice President voted in favor of it. I cannot say for sure how many of those “yeas” knew what was really in it or realized just how bad that it will be for the vast majority of We the People but I strongly suspect that not a single one of them really even gave a damn. (I strongly suspect that several on the Republican side of the aisle also supported the putrid legislation but hid safely behind the cover of an unthinkingly unified Democrat caucus to preserve their phony-baloney jobs. But I digress.) The old advice above about high ground is still – if not more – valid today.
A second quote:
It’s no disgrace not to be able to run a country, but it is a disgrace to keep on trying when you know you can’t do it. – Page 99
Ranging from every official secretion to the day-to-day PR vomit, the current White House reeks of incompetence and failure (even the stuff that isn’t intentionally so). Even the forced narrative trial balloons about “a winning streak” and clumsily twisted statements attempting to plant the “zero added inflation last month” narrative are so laughably pathetic that they fade from media memory within hours of launch. Only forcing Trump into the headlines is keeping them afloat. But, for those paying attention, that they keep on trying the same old guaranteed-to-fail policies is not merely disgraceful, it is intentionally destructive…it is insulting to the memory and intelligence of generations of the American Spirit…it has long since become (if it ever wasn’t) unseemly…it is evil. Can they really keep this up? Will they?
Unfortunately, I suspect that too few are actually paying attention and even fewer (even today) are properly calibrated to actually “see.” As a wise member over at Ricochet said earlier today: “we are so victims of our own propaganda we cant see what’s happening.” Clearly, the evil can and will continue…
Only 890 looonnnnggg days left in the constitutionally mandated Biden-Harris administration. May America get every one of those to the fullest…and emerge on the other side certainly bruised and battered but also wiser. I would hope that would include a healthy learned blindness to the feeding-frenzy and cultivated mass delusional hysteria machine and a sensitized aversion to the intellectually unserious (e.g., the Biden Cabinet and Administration in their entirety, Nancy Pelosi, Liz Cheney, comment section trolls…oh, hell, the list is way too long).
Into the abyss…
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RE: …the current White House reeks of incompetence and failure…
It is worth repeated the VDH quote from earlier this summer: “Cabinet secretaries ignore their duties—somewhat understandable given their resumes never explained their appointments. What binds [this ignoble group] is not expertise in [anything useful or productive of note] but allegiance to an entire menu of woke policies that are often antithetical to their own job descriptions.”
Tonight, via Instapundit:
“THE LID: Even The Left Is Now Furious With Biden’s Most Inept Cabinet Member.
“Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra’s inept leadership embodies the overall failed response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“President Joe Biden should fire him but will not because the White House runs on identity politics. Becerra, therefore, brings trivial “diversity” to the team, and they like that nonsense while Americans suffer.
“Early in 2021, Biden drew criticism from woke Hispanic radicals who wanted more progressive Hispanics elevated to Cabinet positions. Biden panicked and assuaged the radicals, offering Becerra the vital job during a pandemic, despite the Californian being a lawyer with absolutely no executive or medical experience. Even Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly “had worked closely with Becerra in the House and viewed him as untrustworthy.”
“Becerra rightly received zero confirmation votes from Republicans as every Democrat senator embarrassingly fell in line.
“But now, even the mainstream media is irked.”
I repeat: “Biden panicked … offering Becerra the vital job during a pandemic, despite the Californian being a lawyer with absolutely no executive or medical experience.”
The surprising thing there is the “zero confirmation votes from Republicans.” Do NOT think for a moment that somewhere between 3 and 25 didn’t want to supply a yes vote. Many did for other nominees that were equally as bad.
At some point I suspect that a TBD faction of the Democrat party will need to step in and clean-up this bigger problem (not just the Health and Human Services Secretary) …somehow. The embarrassments will only grow over the next 29 months…eventually even Democrats will reach the point of shame…maybe…hopefully…well…??? Anyway, the Republicans should not assist in any way…this is entirely a Democrat problem.